Delhi: Only two percent of those holding arms license in the capital are women, mostly shooters

A district-wise analysis of the data revealed that South police district, which has several Pash colonies, has the maximum number of women with 264 arms licences. The district has the maximum number of license holders, both male and female, at 7,161. “Many well-known people live in these areas and some of them face genuine threat to their lives due to various reasons,” said a retired officer of the police’s arms license unit.

Only two per cent of the people holding arms licenses in the national capital are women, most of whom are either associated with the sports sector or have inherited it. Data from the Delhi Police’s license department shows that 41,600 people have arms licenses in the city’s 15 police districts, and 888 of them are women. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Licensing) Bisma Kazi has given this information in response to an application filed under Right to Information (RTI).

A senior official posted in the department said, “We do not give any special relaxation in granting license under the law on the basis of gender of an applicant. Whether it is a man or a woman, we analyze whether there is a genuine threat to his life and then issue a licence. He said that the number of women applying for arms license is very less.

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A district-wise analysis of the data revealed that South police district, which has several Pash colonies, has the maximum number of women with 264 arms licences. The district has the maximum number of license holders, both male and female, at 7,161. “Many well-known people live in these areas and some of them face genuine threat to their lives due to various reasons,” said a retired officer of the police’s arms license unit.

Apart from this, some women shooters also live here and hence the number is slightly higher. There are 138 women with arms licenses in New Delhi Police District. The district also ranks second in terms of total licenses issued (3,972). The South-West Police District is at the third position and a total of 3,879 people, including 103 women, have arms licences. “There have been several gang clashes in the South-West district in the past in which many women have lost their husbands,” claimed the retired officer.

Some people in Delhi are in real danger

The officer said that ‘some of them are in real danger of life, because their husbands were connected to one gang or the other.’ “That’s why they ask for arms license and we issue them,” he claimed. That’s why you can get more numbers in this district. Talking about the profile of 888 women holding arms licences, senior officials said that they can be divided into three categories.

An official said, “There is a section of women shooters among these license holders. Then there are the women, who got these licenses after the death of the male members of their family. Then the third category is single living and working women. Some of them come from political houses.

A female doctor with close links to politicians in Haryana said, ‘My working hours are very irregular and I often have to travel to and from the hospital at odd hours. That’s why I got an arms license. It gives me a sense of security while driving on empty roads late at night.

Delhi most unsafe for women among all metros

Data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) shows that among all metros, Delhi is the most unsafe for women. Experts said that with the possession of a weapon comes a great responsibility, as its misuse can have serious consequences. He said that the arms laws are very strict.

An official said that the biggest challenge is the safekeeping and handling of weapons. “No proper training is given. Most people do not know how to handle weapons. There are many cases where carelessness in handling weapons has landed people in trouble at airports.

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